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Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Where to stay in Okinawa

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Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(292 area reviews)

The parks and historic sites are just a few things visitors like about Naha City Centre. Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the larger area.

Naha City Centre
Goya, Okinawa, Japan

Goya

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travelers like the shopping in Goya, and Okinawa Zoo is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Goya
I woke up and went to the balcony saw this!
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Yogi

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Shopping and seaside views are some things travelers note about Yogi. Check out Aeon Mall Rycom or Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park while you're familiarizing yourself with the larger area.

Yogi
Okinawa salt
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Yamuchin Street

Travelers like the shopping in Yamuchin Street, and Kokusai Dori is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Yamuchin Street
Tsuboya Pottery Museum showing street scenes and a small town or village

Makishi

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Makishi is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kokusai Dori and Makishi Public Market.

Makishi
Sunsets over the East China Sea are one of the best ways to spend an evening in okinawa.
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Namihira

While there might not be top attractions in Namihira, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Murasakimura and Nirai Beach.

Namihira

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
3.5 out of 5
9-22 Mihama, Chatan Cho, Nakagami-gun, Chatan, Okinawa-ken
NT$1,778
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in Mihama, this hotel is steps from Depot Island, American Village, and Sunset Beach. American Depot and Terme Villa Churayu are also within 10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,130 reviews)

"Will be coming back"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/11

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
4 out of 5
1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
NT$4,204
per night
Mar 10 - Mar 11

Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cape Manza and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kise Country Club and Ryukyu Mura. Blue Cave and Murasakimura ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (660 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, has a very nice design look, modern and clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The location is great if you drive because it is located in the center of the island."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/1

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
NT$11,178
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Mission Beach are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)

"設備・サービス共に上質だと思います(自分達が恐縮してしまいましたw…) スタッフさんも挙動不審な私達を迎えて、若干緊張?されていた気がしました(とても丁寧や対応で、ありがたかったです)"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/22

Halekulani Okinawa

Popular things to do in Okinawa

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

American Village
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American Village

4/5(132 reviews)

This American-style mall offers a huge selection of shopping and entertainment options as well as one of the biggest amusement parks on Okinawa. 

Shurijo Castle
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Shurijo Castle

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Take a tour of this lavishly decorated hilltop castle that was home to powerful Japanese kings for more than 400 years.

Okinawa World
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Okinawa World

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Discover one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on Okinawa and get close to deadly snakes at this diverse theme park.

Tomari Port
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Tomari Port

4/5(53 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Naha with a trip to Tomari Port. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Reviews of Okinawa

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

T.F.

Jan 9, 2020

It is like a mix of Okinawa and U.S. culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

Very safe, beautiful, and interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

The cultural architectural features on the homea and businesses was incredible. Just the details everywhere you went. It was beautiful and I'm already planning my next trip to go again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2019

沖縄市は、位置的に沖縄県内どこに行くにも、いい場所で、退屈はしません。

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